VIM1 Amlogic S905X Open Source TV Box

Khadas' VIM1 is an Amlogic S905X Arm® development board

Image of Khadas' VIM1 Amlogic S905X Open Source TV Box The VIM1 is the original Amlogic S905X Arm development board designed by Khadas for hobbyists, makers, and electronic fans; many refer to it as an "Open Source TV Box." It is slightly smaller than a Raspberry Pi with dimensions similar to that of a credit card. The VIM1 is only available in two versions: VIM1 Basic with 8 GB EMMC storage and AP6212 (b/g/n) Wi-Fi, and VIM1 Pro with 16 GB EMMC storage and AP6255 (b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi. Both versions have 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and Bluetooth® 4.2.

Just like a familiar desktop computer, the VIM1 single board computer supports the booting of multiple operating systems. Users can choose from a variety of OS images (ROMs) from their documentation or community forum. Popular OSes include Android 7.1/8.0, Ubuntu 18.04, LibreELEC, Armbian, and Buildroot. There are even dual-boot images for developers to boot both Android and Ubuntu from the same EMMC.

Developers will also find a built-in 40-pin GPIO, real-time-clock (RTC), and VIN port for an extra power supply. In addition, the three user-buttons on the side provide easy access to power, reset, and function keys. Full open source code is available on GitHub, and hardware schematics can be found in their documentation. There is also a built-in power control unit for supporting power-cycling via remote control.

In comparison with the Octa-Core Amlogic S912 SoC in the VIM2, the S905X SoC in the VIM1 generates significantly less heat output. This makes the VIM1 especially useful in environments that only support passive air convection for heat dissipation rather than forced airflow. In many instances, a single heatsink is sufficient and some people may even find a heatsink unnecessary for their application.

Features
  • Amlogic S905X SoC
    • 1.5 GHz 64-bit Quad-Core Arm Cortex®-A53 SoC
  • Mali-450 GPU
    • HDMI 2.0a with 4K H.265/VP9 10-bit and HDR10 video processing
  • Flexible connectivity
    • USB Type-C™ for power and USB 2.0 OTG support
  • Maker friendly
    • Built-in RTC, VIN port, 40-pin GPIO, x3 user buttons, and hardware encryption
  • Available software
Applications
  • Mini-computers
    • Install a desktop OS like Ubuntu 16.04 and run Open Office and more
  • Nano servers
    • Install a server OS and run web services, a file server, and more
  • Computing clusters
    • Network VIM1 SBCs to make a computing or server cluster
  • TV box/media centers
    • Install a media OS, like LibreELEC, for watching TV shows and movies
  • Development platforms
    • Android 7/8, Docker, Buildroot, Fenix

VIM1

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable QuantityView Details
VIM1 BASIC SINGLE BOARD COMPUTERKVIM1-B-002VIM1 BASIC SINGLE BOARD COMPUTER25 - ImmediateView Details
VIM1 BASICSINGLE BOARD COMPUTERKVIM1-B-005VIM1 BASICSINGLE BOARD COMPUTER0View Details
VIM1 PRO SINGLE BOARD COMPUTER,KVIM1-P-002VIM1 PRO SINGLE BOARD COMPUTER,0View Details
VIM1 PRO SINGLE BOARD COMPUTER +KVIM1-P-005VIM1 PRO SINGLE BOARD COMPUTER +7 - ImmediateView Details

Accessories

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable QuantityView Details
CABLE USB TYPE C FOR VIM 3.28'K-TYPE-001CABLE USB TYPE C FOR VIM 3.28'0View Details
DIY HEATSINK FOR VIM1 SERIES SBCKAHS-V-001DIY HEATSINK FOR VIM1 SERIES SBC1 - ImmediateView Details
KHADAS VIMS TONE BOARDKTONE-V-001KHADAS VIMS TONE BOARD4 - ImmediateView Details
KHADAS GENERIC TONE BOARDKTONE-G-001KHADAS GENERIC TONE BOARD39 - ImmediateView Details
IRON PLATE FOR DIY CASEKIP-V-001IRON PLATE FOR DIY CASE8 - ImmediateView Details
12 BUTTONS IR REMOTE FOR VIM SERK-REMO-00112 BUTTONS IR REMOTE FOR VIM SER6 - ImmediateView Details
HDMI CABLE FOR VIM SERIES SBCSK-HDMI-001HDMI CABLE FOR VIM SERIES SBCS14 - ImmediateView Details

Enclosures

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionColorAvailable QuantityView Details
PURPLE DIY CASE FOR VIM SERIES SKCS-P-001PURPLE DIY CASE FOR VIM SERIES SPurple0View Details
RED DIY CASE FOR VIM SERIES SBCSKCS-R-001RED DIY CASE FOR VIM SERIES SBCSRed15 - ImmediateView Details
TRANSPARENT DIY CASE FOR VIM SERKCS-T-001TRANSPARENT DIY CASE FOR VIM SERTransparent35 - ImmediateView Details
TRANSPARENT DIY CASE FOR VIM SERKCS-T-002TRANSPARENT DIY CASE FOR VIM SERTransparent19 - ImmediateView Details
Published: 2019-06-13